NYPA Midget Racing Association

 2017 Rule Book

NYPA – 2017

The Legal name of the organization is the New York Pennsylvania Midget Association, Incorporated. It is a not-for-profit corporation organized under the laws of the state of New York. It will also be known as the NYPA Midget Racing Association. Any reference in this rulebook to any of the foregoing or to the club will mean New York Pennsylvania Midget Association Inc., as an organization, not as any one person or an officer. This organization is formed for the mutual benefit and welfare of midget racing car owners and drivers, the promotion of midget racecar development and racing, and the betterment of the sport. The organization is primarily in business as a not-for-profit sanctioning body for midget car races.

The rules and/or regulations set forth herein are designed to provide for the orderly conduct of NYPA competition events and to establish minimum acceptable requirements for such events. These rules shall govern the conditions of all events, and, by participating in these events, all participants agree to comply with these rules. NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM PUBLICATIONS OF OR COMPLIANCE WITH THESE RULES AND/OR REGULATIONS. They are intended as a guide for the conduct of the sport and are in no way a guarantee against injury or death to a participant, spectator, or official. The Officers and Member Board shall be empowered to permit minor deviation from any of the specifications herein or impose any further restrictions that in their opinion do not alter the minimum acceptable requirement.

NO EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED WARRANTY OF SAFETY SHALL RESULT FROM SUCH ALTERATION OF SPECIFICATIONS.

TQ Midget Race Car Specifications

  1. Chassis
    1. Wheelbase is limited to 58” minimum and 66” maximum.  
    2. Front and rear tread width is limited to 54” maximum when measured from the outside edge to the outside edge of the tires at the top of the tires.  Measurements will be made with the group’s tools, at the top side of the tires centered above the king pin or axle.  
    3. A maximum of a 13” diameter wheel may be used.  The tire when inflated has a minimum diameter of 15” and a maximum diameter of 23”.  
    4. Any wheel width may be used however rule item b above must be adhered to.  
    5. All cars must have a minimum weight of 890 lbs car and driver after any event.
    6. All cars must have an automotive style working suspension system.  
    7. All cars must have four wheel automotive style brakes.  The rear axle may use only one caliper.  
    8. All ballast weight must be securely fastened using a minimum of two grade 5-3/8” bolts.  
    9. The right rear tire must be a “SPEC” American Racer Tire, 22.5 x 8.0 x 13” with the manufacturing and compound numbers visible.  The only legal number is J13EB compound 705.  The RF, LR, and LF Tires must be M-31 American Racer Tires Purchased from NYPAMA.  A minimum durometer reading will be determined.  This tire must remain unaltered.  No softening, siping, cutting, grinding, cleaning, etc. will be allowed.  If it appears that anything has been done to alter our spec tires, you will be asked to replace it and/or be disqualified.  
    10. Frames must be constructed from steel tubing, Dom or Chromoly.  Minimum size tubing allowed for main rails on frames built after 1999 is 1 1/8”, .083 Chromoly or .095 Dom.
    11. All cars must have a hoop under the engine to allow the attachment of an under pan.
    12. All cars must have a belly pan extending from behind the driver’s seat to beyond the driver’s feet.  
    13. All cars must have sissy bars attached to each side of the roll cage.  These bars must be strong enough to ward off the wheels of another car.
    14. All cars must have window nets on both sides of the roll cage above the sissy bars.  
    15. All cars must have a roll cage with a minimum of 2” clearance above the drives head when their helmet is on.  
    16. All new cars or cars that are replacing the roll cage must have the front roll cage bar at a rearward angle of at least 15 degrees.  
    17. All cars must have fire retardant foam padding on the top of the roll cage completely surrounding the driver’s head.  
    18. All cares with a beam front axle must have a bar welded into the chassis directly behind the front axle to prevent the axle from moving rearward in the event of an accident.  The right side of the chassis is the only side mandatory.
  2. Bodies
    1. All cars must have a full race body including side panels and should conform to a standard midget or roadster design.
    2. All cars must have a round midget style tail.  Only visitors, who regularly compete with another club, will be allowed to use a tail other than a round midget style tail providing that tail conforms to their home club rules.  A maximum of four visits will be allowed per season for cars without a round midget style tail.
    3. All cars must have a minimum of 14” overhang, front and rear, when measured from the center of the axles.  Maximum overall length form the front bumper to the rear bumper is 121”.
    4. Maximum height and width of finished race ready bodies is 32”.  Height is measured from the ground with car in race trim.
    5. Sign boards attached to the nerf bars are limited to a maximum size of 16” high and 32” long or the actual size of the nerf bar, whichever is smaller.  
    6. No wings, spoilers, pods, airfoils, or bodywork deemed to provide a downforce will be allowed.  It will be at the discretion of an NYPAMA official as to what bodywork could be considered an advantage over other NYPAMA legal cars.  Any competitor trying to beat this rule will be asked to remove and redesign body panels deemed to provide downforce.  
    7. All cars must be painted or covered with a vinyl wrap and be of acceptable appearance.  Primer is not considered paint.  
  3. Steering
    1. The steering wheel must be a racing style wheel with a closed bottom.  
    2. All steering wheels must have a race style quick release hub.
    3. All steering boxes must be an automotive or racing style design.  Any altered steering box must be approved by an NYPAMA Official.
    4. Brazing is not allowed for any component of the steering system.
    5. The steering gear and linkage must be constructed with good quality materials and good workmanship.  This is subject to the technical director’s discretion.  
    6. Spindles must be an automotive style and solid in construction.  This is subject to the technical director’s discretion.  
    7. A collapsible steering column is strongly recommended.
  4. Drive Train
    1. All drive shafts must have a drive shaft hoop at front and rear of shaft. The drive shaft hop must be constructed strong enough to contain the driveshaft in the result of a failure. Steel is recommended however aluminum is allowed at the discretion of the technical director.
    2. All cars must have a positive neutral clutch so as to completely disengage the axle from the engine.
    3. No slipper clutches, centrifugal clutches, or belt clutches are allowed. All clutch mechanisms must provide a positive lock up when engaged.
  5. Fuel Tanks and Fuel Systems
    1. Fuel tanks must be constructed with a minimum of 10 gauge aluminum or be approved fuel cell or manufactured tank.  Fuel tanks must be mounted and supported to ensure against breakage.
    2. All fuel tanks must be mounted within the contour of the body and between the frame rails of the chassis.
    3. All fuel tanks are limited to a maximum of 6 gallons unless they have a bladder, in which case they are limited to 8 gallons.  
    4. All cars must have a fast action fuel shutoff valve located in a very visible location and within reach of the driver when belted in the car.
    5. All tanks must have a leak-proof cap assembly and rollover valve in the result of an upset.
    6. Plastic tanks or cells may require a steel or aluminum covering at the discretion of an NYPAMA official.
    7. The fuel shutoff valve and fuel pump switch should be marked with a contrasting color for easy identification.  
    8. No copper tubing may be used anywhere in the fuel system.
  6. Nerf bars and bumpers
    1. All cars must be equipped with nerf bars strong enough to ward of wheels or other cars.  Nerf bars should be places as to not constitute a hazard of locking wheels.  They must be placed on both the right and left side of the car.
    2. Nerf bars must extend no less than the center line of the tires and no more than 1” beyond the outside line of the tires. No part of the car may extend beyond 1” from the outside line of the tires.
    3. All cars must be equipped with front and rear bumpers.  The front bumper should be high enough to stop your car from going under another car. The rear bumper should be high enough and strong enough to accommodate a push truck in the event of a breakdown.
    4. All bumpers and nerf bars should be fastened with a minimum of a grade 5 fasteners or hitch pin.
  7. Exhaust Systems
    1. All cars must be equipped with an exhaust system leading directly from the engine to the outside of the car.  Rear exit exhaust pipes shall extend to the line of the back of the seat but not further than a line between the rear of the car and the tire.  Side exhausts are to exit no more than 3” from the front of the rear tire and below the midway point of the body.  Side exhaust must point outwards from the car.
    2. The exhaust shall not be directed towards the ground, tires, or fuel tank.
    3. Any exhaust component located near the driver should have a raised metal guard to protect the driver.
    4. Mufflers are mandatory.  If it is decided your exhaust is too loud, you will be asked to replace your muffler or modify it.  This decision is at the discretion of an NYPAMA official.
  8. Fuel   4 valve engines – racing or gasoline only.  No additives.
    1. Fuel will be tested periodically with the group’s dielectric tester.  The NYPAMA groups limit will be any number below negative -.00. This allows for a wide range of fuels that can be used.  Please note that pump gas that has ethanol in it will not pass this test.  Be sure to have your fuel checked if you are not sure what it contains.
  9. Paint and Car Numbers
    1. Cars must be painted and numbered in contrasting colors so numbers can be clearly seen.
    2. All cars must have numbers 1 ½’ wide and 10” tall on both sides of their tail.  Those numbers shall be placed so they can be read by the driver behind them.  A number shall also be placed in a prominent position on the hood.  Go-Kart style number plates must be attached to each side of the upper rear of the roll cage.  
    3. Each number plate shall have 6” numbers affixed to them.  Numbers and number plates shall be contrasting in colors and easily identifiable.  
    4. No three digit numbers are allowed.
    5. All cars must be painted or have suitable vinyl wrap.  Any car with severe body damage should be repaired within seven days.  Primer is not paint.
    6. The high point NYPAMA series champion from the previous year shall be entitled to the number one for the following season.  His or her old number shall be reserved while they are using the number one.
    7. All new number choices must be approved by an NYPAMA official.
  10. Engine Rules
    1. New Generation Engines
      1. The intention of the new generation class of engine is to allow a competitor to be competitive while using a basically stock engine. The following new generation engines must use all stock parts as originally manufactured and retain stock bore, stroke, and all transmission gears with exceptions for adjustable cam gears and aftermarket cam chain tensioners.  Oil pans may be cut, modified or an aftermarket pan may be used to facilitate the installation of the engine into a TQ Midget. No dry sump systems are allowed.  The minimum installed height of the engine is 8” as measured from the center of the countershaft to the bottom of the chassis.
      2. Modifications to allow the use of external oil coolers are allowed.  
      3. Other exceptions may be called out under each model engine.  Deck heights are mandates for the 04/05 GSXR750 engine and will be checked with the club’s custom made measuring tools.  These tools measure the height from the top of the piston to the top of the spark plug tower.  No other way of measuring will be allowed.  Base gaskets or head gaskets may he added to bring this measurement within spec. If you are unsure of your measurement please ask an NYPAMA official for help.  All engines can use a CV type carburetor, Kiehein or Mikuni BDSR. Stock fuel injection is also allowed including velocity stacks.
      4. Stock ignition and GSXR-750 ignition box may be “flashed” for tuning purposes.
      5. Dynojet Power Commander and Autotune are allowed.
    1. 1996-2003 Kawasaki ZX-7R
      1. This engine must use all stock internal parts except as noted above and the valves may be replaced with aftermarket stainless steel and all the valve springs may be replaces with aftermarket springs or shimmed.  Valve jobs are allowed however no metal may be removed from beyond the valve seat.
      2. No metal removal from anywhere on the engine except metal may be removed from the surface of the head to raise compression.
      3. All engine parts must have the factory markings/model codes from the 1996-2003 Kawasaki ZX-7.  No intermixing of parts from other engines.  
      4. Stock or DYNA 2000 ignition may be used.  No other ignition systems are allowed.  
    2. 1996-2003 Suzuki GSXR 750
      1. This engine must use all stock internal parts except as noted.  
      2. The front ignition cover of the 96-99 engines may be replaced or modified to allow the use of a Dyna ignition.  00-03 engines must use a stock ignition from 00-05 GSXR750 motorcycle only.  
      3. Valve jobs are allowed but no metal may be removed beyond the valve seat.  No metal removal from anywhere on the engine except metal may be removed from the surface of the head to raise compression.  
      4. All engine parts must have the factory/model codes from a 1996-1999 or 2000-2003 Suzuki GSXR 750.  No intermixing of parts from other engines except 00-05 GSXR 750 crankshafts may be used.  
      5. No other ignition systems are allowed.
      6. Aftermarket cam chain tensioners are allowed.
      7. Adjustable cam gears are allowed.
    3. 2004-2005 Suzuki GSXR 750
      1. This engine must us all stock internal parts except as noted above.  No other changes are allowed to this engine.
      2. Aftermarket cam chain tensioners and adjustable cam gear are allowed.
      3. Valve jobs are allowed but no metal may be removed beyond the valve seat.  No metal removal from anywhere on the engine.  No surfacing of the head is allowed.
      4. All engine parts must have the factory/model codes from a 2004-2005 Suzuki GSXR 750.  No intermixing of parts from other engines.  
      5. Stock ignitions from a 2000-2005 GSXR750 are the only ignition systems are allowed.  
      6. This engine must remain stock.  
    1. RPM Limiters must limit the maximum RPM to 14,000 on all engines.  If an NYPAMA official suspects any car is exceeding 14,000 RPM Limit the suspect car will be asked to replace their CDI box with one provided by NYPAMA and/or may be disqualified.
    2. Motorcycle engines only.  Four cylinders, four stroke production motorcycle engines only.
    3. Any approved motorcycle engine with more than 2 valves per cylinder 1995 or older is limited to 750CC plus 1MM overbore maximum (768 CC for Kawasaki and 772CC for Suzuki).  All aftermarket internal parts are allowed.  Only stock or DYNA 2000 ignition systems are allowed.  These engines must run on gasoline only.
    4. Use of external oil coolers is allowed.
    5. All multi-valve engines must start with their own power, no external batteries.  Car must be able to pull away on its own power and shift through its gears.  
    6. Oil pans may be cut or modified to facilitate the installation of the engine into a TQ Midget.  After market oil pans may also be used.  
    7. Engines must be located in the chassis so the distance between the center of the countershaft and the bottom of the chassis is no less than 8”.
    8. Carburetors must be a CV type carb, Keihin or Mikuni only.  They are limited to 39 MM for Keihin and 39.9MM for Mikuni.  
    9. Cooling systems must use water or water with a wetting agent.  Antifreeze is not allowed.  All cooling systems must have a catch can.
    10. No blowers or superchargers allowed.  No forced induction of any kind.
    11. If something is not listed in these engine rules it does not mean it is legal.  When in doubt ask; our engine rules are intended to keep all engine programs equal to each other.
  1. Miscellaneous Technical and Safety Rules
    1. The technical director or any NYPAMA official may bar from competition any car which due to lack of maintenance, design or construction is deemed dangerous.
    2. At the beginning of each season, or any competitors first race all cars must be inspected by the technical director to ensure compliance with of the technical and safety rules.  Any car must also be inspected after a wreck to make sure the repairs meet the technical and safety rules
    3. It is the owners responsibility that their car be inspected and be in compliance to all technical and safety rules.
    4. Use of an approved safety belt and shoulder harness is mandatory.  Quick release metal to metal clasps on both is mandatory.  The belts must be a 3” racing belt or an approved Hans style 2” belt.  All belts must be securely fastened to the chassis with Grade 8 fasteners or wrap around the configuration.  The condition of the belts and the way they’re fastened will be inspected.  All belts must be replaced, regardless of condition, within 5 years from the date code on the belts.  
    5. All drivers must wear an approved full face helmet, minimum spec. Snell 2000 with approved eye protection while their car is in motion, pits included.  Drives required to wear eyes glasses for their driver’s license must wear them while on the race track.
    6. A one piece, fire retardant racing uniform, shoes, and gloves are mandatory for use while racing.  It is strongly recommended that participants use fire retardant underwear, socks, and balaclava.  
    7. Arm restraints are mandatory.
    8. It is recommended that dentures be removed before entering the track.
    9. All cars must have a scatter shield between the driver’s compartment and the engine.
    10. All cars must have a kill switch that disconnects the ignition and the fuel pump within easy reach of the driver. Switch should be identified and marked with a contrasting color.
    11. Radiator catch cans are mandatory.  Leakage of any kind (fluid) is prohibited.  Any car leaking fluid of any kind will not be allowed to compete.
    12. Wet batteries must be a sealed type and protected by a metal shell.  All batteries must be firmly mounted.
    13. All fuel and oil lines should be steel, high pressure neoprene, or braided lines.  No copper tubing may be used.
    14. Hubs and axles may not extend beyond the outer edge of the wheels.
    15. A proper fire extinguisher must be present in the pit area for every car.
    16. It is strongly recommended that all competitors use an approved head and neck restraint or collar.
  2. General Conduct Rules
    1. Any person at any NYPAMA event who uses improper language or makes an inappropriate gesture towards any other person shall be subject to immediate suspension of one to twenty race events or any other punishment deemed necessary by an NYPAMA official.  Vulgar language, physical gestures or contact, arguments or fights will not be tolerated.
    2. Any person causing a disturbance may be asked to leave the premises and forfeit all monies and points for the day’s events.  They may also be suspended from future events.  
    3. Any person at an NYPAMA event that causes bodily harm, strikes, pushes or threatens to harm any other person shall be immediately suspended from that day’s events and may be suspended from one to twenty future events.
    4. The driver meeting is limited to officials, owners, and drivers only.  No other persons may attend.  Any interruption deemed disruptive may cause the offending parties car to be disqualified.  
    5. Ay person may be suspended from one to twenty race events for activities deemed detrimental to the continued growth of the sport of midget racing.  Such action would be determined by three NYPAMA officials who all agree suspension is warranted.  The accused person would have the right to supply a written apology, accepting responsibility for their actions, and an explanation of their actions.  If accepted by the NYPAMA officials, the suspension could be replaced with probation.
    6. Ay car may be refused the right to compete if that car is found unsafe by an NYPAMA official.
    7. Any driver or crew member under the influence of drugs (unless prescribed by a doctor) or alcohol will be barred from that days competition.
    8. Any driver that appears to be in poor health or physical condition may be excluded from that day’s events.  
    9. The use of alcohol before or during any NYPAMA event is strictly prohibited.
    10. All competitors and crew must sign in at an NYPAMA gate and have an NYPAMA pit pass.  If the driver or any member of his crew does not have an NYPAMA pit pass, that cars purse money will be reduced by $35 per person who does not have an NYPAMA pit pass.  Our group depends on the back gate as part of our purse.  Those who have a different pit pass or no pit pass at all will be viewed as stealing from the group and that money will be taken form their share of the purse.
    11. No two way radios are allowed during the competition between drivers and crew.
    12. Rescheduling of rainouts will depend on the availability of open dates and will be rescheduled by the track promoter.  A minimum of one week’s notice will be given if a rain date is taken.
    13. All competitors must use a one way radio tuned to the group’s frequency of 454.0000 with a good quality earpiece to be able to hear the race director’s comments during the event.
    14. You must have this rule book in your trailer at all events.
    15. All drivers are responsible for the conduct of their crew and friends.  Anyone associated with a car is subject to the same rules as the drives as stated in this rulebook. All penalties may also apply to the driver as if the driver broke those rules themselves.
    16. In the event of a penalty or dispute only the car owner or driver may act as a spokesman for the car or driver in question.  If any other person other than the car owner or driver involves themselves with the discussion of a penalty or dispute the alleged offending driver will immediately be found guilty of the alleged rule infraction and any or all penalties will be assessed.
  3. Racing RulesAll cars must be kept in their pit when not on the track.
    1. When preparing to start a race, all cars in staging shall wait until notified to start their engines.  All cars will stage in their starting positions.
    2. On original or restarts you must be in racing gear on white flag lap.  
    3. All races will be rolling starts.  The pole car is allowed to set the pace.  No competitor may pass the pole car on warm-up laps prior to the initial start or during a caution period.  Offenders will be required to start/restart the race from the tail of the field.  If in the opinion of the starter, the pace car is either to slow or too fast, he may speed up or slow down the start.
    4. No pit crew shall be allowed to restart stalled cars.
    5. A maximum of five pace laps will be run before the race is started.  If a car cannot be started in that time, it must be removed to the pit area or in-field as directed by an official.  Once the race is under way, cars not taking the original green will not be allowed to enter the track under any circumstances.
    6. Starts
      1. The initial start will be a “cone” start.
      2. All competitors must remain in line and in their starting position until they pass the cone.  No passing will be allowed before the cone.  Any car that passes before the cone but does not cause a restart will be penalized two positions for every one gained during the next caution or after the race ends, whichever comes first.
      3. A total restart because of a first lap incident will still follow the above rule.
    7. Restarts
      1. All restarts (except total restarts) will be flying starts at the control of the starter.
      2. When the starter waves the green flag the race is on.  
      3. The cone is still used; however cars are allowed to pass before the cone.
      4. The cone is used only to squeeze the field and competitors cannot pass the cone on the inside.  Any car that passes the cone on the inside will be penalized two positions.
      5. All feature restarts will be double file restarts until the halfway point of the feature or the third caution whichever comes first.  
      6. All heat races will be double file starts throughout the entire race.
    8. Cars must say in line at the start of a race until they have crossed the start-finish line.  There will be no passing or swinging wide until the starter has been passed.  Scoring will subtract any positions gained by passing before the line at the earliest opportunity or the end of the event.  The race director may add an addition penalty.
    9. In all starts, all cars must complete one full lap before the race is officially on.
    10. In heats, consolation and feature event restarts will be allowed in the event of an accident or spin-out.  There will be a maximum of one restart per car in heats or consolation events, (with accident or spin-out cars restarted at the rear).  Two restarts per car in the A and B feature events.
    11. On a flying restart, all drivers may resume racing speed the moment the starter displays the green regardless of their position on the track.
    12. When the caution (yellow) flag is displayed the lead car should cut their speed to at least half of their normal racing speed.  Passing on the caution will be allowed only when the lead car overtakes an ailing or slow moving car.
    13. During a red flag, you are not allowed to move or have work done to your car while on the track and no crew member can move you off the track.  Only officials, when the conditions are safe, can move cars into the pits and then work can commence on the car.
    14. If you move a car without the direction of an official you will be disqualified.  Cars already in the pits when a red flag is displayed may continue to work on their cars.  Cars near the accident scene or cars that are uncertain as to where the accident is during a red flag condition must turn their cars off. If it is apparent that you are not ear the accident scene, you may leave your car running.  
    15. The display of the black flag means someone is disqualified.  It may not be apparent to the driver immediately, therefore a driver will be allowed three laps to discover they are the one being disqualified.  Failure to leave the track will cause a disqualification to the offending car and no scoring will continue.  Suspension of the driver for up to two race events may be imposed.  If a driver is black flagged for inspection and no infraction is found, that driver will resume his rightful position on the restart.
    1. Drivers are responsible for not making contact with the cars in front of them. The overtaking car must not make contact with the car in front of them or cause them to alter their course. This includes “dive-bombing”, diving in underneath the car in front of you as the car is entering the corner. You must establish your position before the corner or the overtaking car must back out of the attempt to pass.  Repeated corner cutting in which two tires are below the inside of the track is not allowed.
    2. These maneuvers will be considered aggressive driving and will be penalized by the loss of positions at the next caution or the end of the race, whichever comes first.  This does not excuse deliberate blocked by the car being overtaken.  If the race director determines the car being overtaken is blocking that car may be penalized.
    3. The winner of the race as indicated by the starter will stop at the start-finish line for pictures, interview, etc. On occasion the top three positions will be asked to do the same.
    4. Drivers shall drive and race in a manner compatible with general safety and respect of fellow competitors as to “racing room”.  It is the driver’s responsibility to avoid physical contact between cars. The responsibility for passing another car rests with the overtaking driver. However, this does not exempt the driver being overtaken from sharing the race track in a safe manner. The driver being overtaken may use any racing line but not use dangerous tactics to block.  The race director may assess penalties for blocking.
    5. Only the marked race track surface may be used by drivers during any track session (practice, qualifying, heat, and feature). If a driver goes off the marked track (in the presence of officials or not) they shall re-enter safely without impeding any other competitors.  If other drivers are endangered the offender is subject to penalty.  No driver shall improve his position by leaving the marked racing surface.
    6. If a car leaves the track to avoid a pile-up and remains running it may re-enter the race.  But the decision of the race director will be final as to whether the action was necessary or not.  If a car coms to a halt to avoid an accident and is not involved, he may restart the race in his position.
    7. Any driver leaving the track, dramatically reducing their speed (or spinning) shall signal by hand to the other cars, failure to warn the other drivers or dangerous lane changes may entail a penalty.  If you spin out raise your hands above the top of the cage until it is safe to restart and move your car.  Lapped cars shall give the leaders a safe area to pass and shall reduce their speed to allow passing to occur unimpeded.  Repetition of serious mistakes or apparent lack of control may entail a penalty levied by the race director.
    8. A car may be worked on in the pits only; re-entry is only permitted under a yellow caution period.  The driver will take a position at the back of the field.  
    9. No driver or crew member is allowed to distract or talk to the starter or race director during the race.
    10. A rookie is required to start at the rear of the field for a minimum of three race events. All rookies are required to run rookie stripes until removed by the race director.  After their third start their driving habits will be reviewed and if suitable they will be allowed to be handicapped as usual.  A new driver with experience will be classified as a driver competing for the first time with the group but has racing experience that is equal to or greater than this class of racing. The driver will start at the back of their heat race. If they are able to qualify their car, the drivers racing habits will be reviewed, and if suitable, will start the feature from their qualified spot from the heat transfer.  If unable to qualify in the heat, they will start from the back of the B-Main. The driver’s racing habits will be reviewed, and if suitable, will start the feature from their qualifying finish from the B-Main.
    11. Any car that has been lapped twice or deemed to be travelling too slowly may be back flagged and removed from the race.
    12. The top five finishing cars in the feature race will be weighted and inspected.  Any cars found under weight or failing inspection will be disqualified.  In the event a car is disqualified, the offending car will receive tow points and tow money only.  The offending car will be handicapped with a win (score of 1).
  1. Misc. Penalties
    1. Repeated corner cutting will not be allowed. Any car that repeatedly drops four tires below the inside of the track proper will be penalized by losing two spots for every one gained.  This rule may be altered by the race director depending on the race surface.
    2. Dive-bombing will not be tolerated. Any car diving underneath another car after that car has begun corner entry, making contact with that car, or causing them to swerve to avoid contact will be penalized.  You must establish your position before entering the corner or the overtaking car must back out of the attempted pass.
    3. Rough driving of any sort will not be tolerated.  Any car that deliberately hits another car will be disqualified immediately and sent to the infield. If a driver shows a pattern of these types of offenses, that driver may be suspended from future race events.
    4. Any erratic or unsafe driving such as cutting off other cars, slide jobs, driving under other cars causing contact or any other erratic behavior will not be tolerated.  Drivers will be warned and if this behavior continues, that driver may be penalized by suspension from future race events.
    5. Any driver who gains position under the caution flag will be penalized by the loss of two positions for every one gained.  This penalty will also be used for using the move over flag to gain positions.
    6. Shifting and/or slipping the clutch is not allowed and will not be tolerated.  Any competitors found to be shifting and/or slipping the clutch will be penalized by the loss of one lap at the end of the feature. In the event of an immediate restart the offending car will be put to the rear of the field.  No electric, hydraulic, or pneumatic shifters allowed.
    7. Deliberately causing a caution flag to be thrown by stopping or slowing down will be penalized by the loss of one lap at the end of the feature.
    8. Any action not mentioned above that is considered unsafe or overly aggressive will carry one of the penalties listed above.  Midgets are open wheel race cars without mirrors and all drivers should do everything they can to avoid contact with other cars.  Overly aggressive maneuvers will not be tolerated.
    9. Any car at any time can be inspected.  If that car is found illegal in any way, engine or technical, that car may be disqualified from that day’s event.
  1. Protests – all technical, race procedure, race rules, or feature finish protests must be made in writing within 15 minutes from the time the feature finish is posted.  The protest will be reviewed and if found valid the finish may be altered or a penalty may be assessed or both.
    1. Engine Protests
      1. A protest is necessary only when it is believed that an engine rule is being contravened. A protest may be filed by a NYPAMA official or an owner/driver providing the protesting owner/driver car finishes within five positions of the car being protested.  
      2. If the protest is filed by an owner/driver a $350 protest fee must be paid to an NYPAMA official at the time of the protest.  All protests must be filed within 15 minutes from the time the feature results are posted.
      3. An NYPAMA official will immediately notify the protested car.  The car must be left untouched unless otherwise directed by an NYPAMA official.  An official will direct the owner of the car as to what parts need to be removed to facilitate the inspection.  The protested owner may remove the parts himself or hire someone to do it for them.  If the protested owner refuses inspection the engine will be deemed illegal and penalties will be imposed.
      4. If the engine is found legal, the protest fee of $350 will be awarded to the owner for his inconvenience.  IF the engine is found illegal the protest fee of $350 will be returned to the person who made the protest and the offending car will be disqualified from the day’s event and no points or money will be awarded.  The offending driver may also lose points from up to three previous events if the driver is the owner of the car.
      5. Any car found illegal must be inspected after it is repaired and before it will be allowed to compete.
      6. Frivolous protests will not be accepted.  Each protest will be evaluated by the NYPAMA officials before it will be accepted.  If it is believed by the NYPAMA officials that no engine rule is being contravened said protest may be refused.
  1. Flags and Lights
    1. The green flag stars and restarts all races.  When held out continuously it means the track is clear and the race is on.  Green light means the same thing.
    2. The blue flag or over flag means the lead cars are about to take over a slower car.  The starter will show or pint at the slower car and motion that car towards the bottom of the racetrack.  The slower cars do not have to stop racing but should move to the bottom of the race track to allow the faster cars to go by. This is for everyone’s safety.  
    3. The black flag means you are being disqualified or penalized.  Pay attention to your radio and officials for directions.
    4. The white flag signifies one lap to go before the green flag, or one lap remains in the race.
    5. The yellow flag is the caution flag.  When displayed you should slow down to caution speed and be aware of dangers on the race track.  Yellow lights mean the same thing.
    6. The red flag means stop immediately.  Your engine should also be shut off.  Red lights mean the same. You may not move your car unless directed by an official.  If you move your car without direction of an official you will be disqualified.
    7. The checkered flag means the race is over.  When the checkered flag is shown you should slow down when entering turn one to caution speed and complete one more lap (cool down lap) then exit the race track.
    8. Please pay close attention to the flagman and the lights.
  1. Points and Handicap
    1. Feature points will be awarded as follows:
1st – 180 6th – 155 11th – 130 16th – 105 21st – 80
2nd – 175 7th – 150 12th – 125 17th – 100 22nd – 75
3rd – 170 8th – 145 13th – 120 18th – 95 23rd – 70
4th – 165 9th – 140 14th – 115 19th – 90 24th – 65
5th – 160 10th – 135 15th – 110 20th – 85 25th – 60
    1. Handicap
      1. Will be determined by the competitor’s last three finishes.
      2. 1st placed will be scored with a one, 2nd place will be scored with a two, etc.
      3. The driver with the highest total handicap for the last three events ran by the group will be the pole car in the first heat.  The driver with the second highest total will be the pole car in the second heat.  The lowest totals will end up towards the rear of both heats.  
      4. If you do not attend an event, you will be handicapped with a handicap score of one.
      5. Time trials will be used to determine the starting positions at the beginning of the season.
      6. Time trials will be scored like a normal feature as outlined above (180 for first, 175 for second, etc.)
      7. Handicap score will also be the same as a feature, a score of one for the fastest time, and two for the second fastest time etc.  
      8. Any car that does not attend time trials will be scored with a zero points and a handicap score of one.
      9. Starting positions for the feature will be determined by the previous three event handicap score totals.  The care with the highest handicap score that qualified through the heat will start on the pole.
      10. The car with the second highest handicap score that qualified through the heat will start on the outside front row etc.
      11. Nonqualified cars will start behind the qualified cars with the highest handicap scores starting closest to the front, second highest next, etc.

This rule book is meant to help our group promote and further the sport of midget racing in Western New York. Please respect and follow these rules so that no penalties are necessary.  No one wants to penalize any of our competitors, however in order for our group to grow we must have rules and we must enforce the rules. Please read and memorize these rules.  This rulebook must be in your trailer at all times.  If you wish to question a rule or file a protest you must have your rulebook to do so. Do not attempt to read between the lines or exploit the wording or language used in this rulebook. Any attempt to exploit incomplete wording etc. will not be tolerated.  The intent of this rule book should be clear.  Please respect the spirit and intent of this rulebook.

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